Background

The Hunting Heritage Trust was created in 2002 by leaders from hunting, conservation and shooting sports organizations to generate funding and program support for promising efforts in support of conservation and hunting and shooting sports traditions. Since its founding, the Hunting Heritage Trust has supported scores of programs, organizations and initiatives in support of America’s hunting and shooting sports heritage.

Programs supported by the Trust include:

Hunting Opportunity For Disabled Veterans—the Trust drafted and guided approval of a resolution from the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies urging the waiver of hunter education requirements and the adoption of other initiatives designed to enhance hunting opportunity for disabled military veterans.

Conservation Leaders for Tomorrow—in 2009, the Trust announced a $25,000 Challenge Grant to the “Conservation Leaders for Tomorrow” program, designed to ensure that the next generation of wildlife management professionals, now majoring in wildlife management at the nation’s leading universities, receive hands-on exposure to hunting and the hunter’s historic role in conservation.

U.S. Military Academy at West Point Pistol Team- the Trust hosted the coach of West Point Pistol Team at a Trust Invitational Sporting Clays Event and presented the team with a $5,000 contribution.

Outdoor Heritage Education TV Pilot—major sponsor of a pilot program for Public Television featuring the outdoor sports and recognizing the role of outdoorsman as supporters of conservation and wildlife management.

Young Hunter Education Challenge—provided funding to help support participation in the National Young Hunter Education Challenge.

Annie Oakley TV Documentary—The Trust assisted in the production of a major documentary on “The Life and Times of Annie Oakley” for PBS. While the producer had received a commitment for nearly $500,000 in federal funding, the Heritage Trust grant was critical in helping raise additional private funding to make this documentary a reality.

Various Local Groups—support of youth safety and shooting sports introductory program at several local groups in the East and mid-West.

Youth Shooting Sports Alliance—awarded grants to the Youth Shooting Sports Alliance.

The United States Practical Shooting Association—sponsored a public relations and communications initiative to foster public understanding of recreational handgun shooting.

USA Shooting—several grants to the U.S. Olympic Shooting Team as well as assistance to the team in organizing fund-raising auctions on www.GunBroker.com

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"The U.S. Olympic Shooting Team has many loyal and generous supporters and we are proud to count the Hunting Heritage Trust among them. As a young organization, we know that the Trust has many demands on its limited resources and we greatly appreciate your support of our Olympic shooters." …Robert Mitchell, CEO, USA Shooting

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